2020 WiST Fellowships Coming Soon

“How do we help young women get that first bit of work experience? We can get them started with meaningful internships to build their resumes so that all the networks of power open up to them.” Melinda Gates

WiST supports college and grad students eager to begin their careers in the sports tech industry. We define the sports tech industry broadly* and encourage proposals that combine the themes of sports and technology creatively. Fellowships are an integral part of how we propel women into important roles and leadership positions in our industry. 

Where would you want to work? What would you want to learn? What value would you want to contribute? Whether for an established business or a startup, the WiST Fellowship provides a grant to cover your expenses during the six week internship. For inspiration, learn more about past WiST Fellows here: 2019, 2018.

*Sports tech landscape includes:

  • Talent identification, scouting, education and recruitment
  • Sports performance and assistive technologies (e.g., wearables, biometric data, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, apparel, footwear, injury management, adaptive/disabled sports)
  • Digital media and content (e.g., sports advertising/sponsorship, news, social media, scripted and reality programming)
  • Fan/community engagement and experience
  • Technologies for sport/league/team businesses (e.g., digital sales, marketing, analytics, licensing and distribution; operations systems; venture capital investments)
  • E-sports

The WiST Student Summer Fellowship Application Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in the WiST Fellowship for summer internship. Please carefully review these guidelines. 

This Fellowship grant of $5,000 is open to all enrolled female full-time undergraduate and graduate students at an accredited university located in the United States. Students must be in good academic standing. 

The 2020 WiST Fellowship project is to be conducted at a sports technology business of your own choosing or at one of our identified businesses. If you need ideas, WiST can provide a list of sports technology companies that have potential opportunities for Fellows. We encourage applicants to reach out to these companies directly to explore summer internships or projects, particularly if they do not have a structured internship already in place. Be creative! We welcome and strongly encourage you to bring us your own project proposal with the company of your choice.  

Once you identify your internship project and have a “sponsor” at the business who will oversee your work and support your application, you must submit the following materials and adhere to all the deadlines indicated:  

  • Resume
  • Bio 
  • Fellowship Project Proposal 
  • Budget
  • Letter of Support 
Fellowship Project Proposal

Fellows should design an internship experience of no less than 65 full-time days in their internship. A fellowship proposal (1,200 word limit) should address the following:

– A detailed description of your sport tech project that explains what, where, when, how long, with whom, and why. Include any relevant background information that will help the selection committee understand your project.

– A description of relevant experience that has prepared you for the project you are proposing (i.e., skills, research or work experience, etc.).

– The goals you have set for yourself and how you plan to accomplish them.

– How you plan to use the knowledge, relationships, and skills you gain during your fellowship experience in the future.

All applicants need to identify a full-time faculty advisor or experienced business professional for the fellowship. This person should review your proposal and advise you on proposal content, logistics, and/or questions you should ask with your project.

Letter of Support

Since you will be working with a startup or other business organization, you are required to submit a letter of support from someone you will work with in the organization. Applicants should contact potential organizations or individuals as early as possible and at least two weeks prior to the closing of the application period. You should work with them to create your Fellowship Project Proposal so that your work contributes to the goals of their organization.

Budget Proposal

Using Google sheets, provide specific details regarding all expenses connected with your proposed fellowship experience. Wherever possible, these should be actual, rather than estimated, expenses. Include both the sources and calculations of the individual line items in your budget. Include program costs (if applicable), transportation, meals, and housing. The stipend is $5,000, so any budgeted cost above that amount will not be funded by the fellowship.

Bio

Provide a short biographical statement (200-350 words maximum) about yourself,  interests, and the general project you would like to pursue during this Fellowship. 

Resume

Include a current personal resume (maximum of two pages). List work experience, LinkedIn address, campus and community activities, honors and awards received in college, and the contact information for two references (faculty, non-profit or business professionals) who have reviewed your project proposal. 

Timeline

Application Release: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 | 12:00 p.m. PST

Application Period Closes:  Tuesday, March 31, 2020 | 11:59 p.m. PST

Finalists Notified: Monday, April 20, 2020

Finalists will have a video interview with a member of WiST board leadership and a phone interview with at least one other member of WiST board of directors.

Award Winner(s) Announced: Monday, April 27, 2019

 

Application Criteria

Applications will be judged based on three criteria:

  • The project and how it relates to the sports technology industry. We define sports tech broadly, but we’d like to see that you are working in the space.
  • The technical difficulty of your proposal. We want to support you as you learn new technical skills that will help you in your career. Strong preference will be given to projects related to software engineering, mechanical engineering, UI/UX design, graphic design, product design, data science, marketing analytics, product management and web development.
  • The feasibility of your project. Why are you qualified to complete this project? How will your fellowship mentor ensure success?

 

Ready to kick start your career in sports tech?

Remember, the deadline for applications is Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. PST!

Applicants with questions are encouraged to contact WiST for feedback and guidance throughout the open application period at info@womeninsportstech.org. Our goal is to assist future business leaders and entrepreneurs in the sport tech industry. We want you to succeed!